Conor Jackson Drafted in First Round by the Arizona Diamondbacks
June 3, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - University of California junior first baseman/third baseman Conor Jackson was selected in the first round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and was the 19th pick overall, during the first day of the 2003 Major League Amateur Draft. Jackson is the first Cal baseball player to be drafted in the first round since right-handed pitcher Dave Masters was selected by the Chicago Cubs and was the 24th pick overall in 1985.
Jackson is the second highest draft pick in Cal baseball history behind shortstop/outfielder Ted Parks, who was the 16th pick overall by the Baltimore Orioles in 1966, the second year of the Major League Amateur Draft.
Recently earning All-Pac-10 honors for the second year in-a-row, Jackson concluded the 2003 campaign batting .388 with 14 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and a Pac-10 leading .538 on-base percentage. He hit a home run in each of the Bears' three games in the final Pac-10 series May 9-11 against Stanford and was the April 21 Pac-10 Player of the Week.
Another Cal player who was selected in the first day of the professional draft was junior right-hander Brian Montalbo, who was picked in the seventh round by the Milwaukee Brewers and was the 189th pick overall. Montalbo finished the 2003 season 4-3 with a 5.61 ERA and had 43 strikeouts in 61.0 innings.